The results are in from this year’s WOW Reading Challenge literacy program and they certainly live up to the program’s name. Eighty-eight schools, representing 14,562 students, participated in the challenge from November to March and collectively read around 2.75 million books. Locally, based on their school populations, Carleton Consolidated School read the most books. The school’s 84 students each read an average of 204 books. Overall the school read 17,160 books. Pictured here are some of the Carleton School students that participated in the challenge: Dylan Goudey, Mackenzie Crowell, Grace Berry, Emily Canton, Sara Owen, Lindsay Duffney, Madison Levesque and Trevor Duffney. TINA COMEAU PHOTO
By Tina Comeau
The results are in for the WOW Reading Challenge and once again they certainly live up to the name of the challenge.
Eighty-eight schools across Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador took part in the 2013-2014 challenge, representing 14,562 students. The challenge ran from November to March. At the elementary level students read an overall 1,332,199 books. At the junior and senior high levels students read 1,418,673 books.
The goal of the WOW Reading Challenge – a partnership between the RCMP and local libraries – is to promote literacy and a love of reading in children. The Western Counties Regional Library has been a partner for many years.
Because schools have varying student populations, the average number of books read per student is taken into account when determining the winners of the challenge.
In Yarmouth County the overall winning school was Carleton Consolidated School, where the school’s 84 students each read an average of 204 books during the challenge. Overall the school read 17,160 books.
Added up, all of the participating schools in Yarmouth County schools collectively read 173,802 books in the WOW Reading Challenge.
Carleton School was also the silver winning in the challenge’s overall results in the elementary school Fiddler’s Division, which saw another Yarmouth school place in the top three and another receive an honourable mention. The overall results for this division based on school size were: Gold: Eastbay Elementary School; Silver: Carlton Consolidated School, Bronze: South Centennial School.
South Centennial’s 88 students read an average of 192 books each, for an overall school total of 16,276 books read. An honorary mention also went to Plymouth Elementary School, where the school’s 82 students read an average of 190 books each, for an overall school total of 15,033.
In the elementary school Tartan Division, Meadowfields School received an honourable mention. The school’s 466 students each read an average of 101 books. The school’s overall total of books read was 47,091.
In the French Division of the challenge the results were: Gold: Ecole Jean-Marie Gay (school population 79, students each read an average of 106 books with an overall total of 8,409); Silver: Ecole Stella-Maris (school population 69, each student read an average of 104 books with an overall total of 7,171 books) and Bronze: Ecole Belleville (school population 176, students read an average of 85 books each for an overall total of 14,889 books).
Here are the results of the other Yarmouth County schools: Arcadia: student population 185, each student read an average of 111 books, overall total 20,708 books; Port Maitland: student population 155, each student read an average of 170 books, overall total 26,276 books; Yarmouth Central: student population 187, each student read an average of 113 books, overall total 21,114 books; West Pubnico: student population 181, each student read an average of 73 books, overall total 13,127 books; Wedgeport: student population 112, each student read an average of 47 books, overall total 5,270; Drumlin Heights: student population 140 students (P-6), each student read an average of 62 books, overall total 8,982 books.